The Most Common Plumbing Mistakes

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These common plumbing mistakes could lead to disaster!

Often, the professionals at ® are called in on a job to repair a do-it-yourself project gone bad. When there are complicated plumbing repairs, it is best to leave it to the professionals. A professional plumber will have it completed in a short amount of time, and you’ll know the problem was fixed the way it should be – which means no complicated problem arising from the repair in the future.

Below, are some of the most common plumbing mistakes our plumbers see.

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As a homeowner, if you’re in a hurry and the sink clogs up, you need it fixed immediately. If you are running late for a meeting, it is often hard to spend the needed time. What usually ends up happening; you plunge it a few times or dump some chemicals down the drain, hoping for the best. That approach will only work for so long. If you clear a little, clog a little, and continue to use that approach, eventually you will end up with a severe clog that could wreck all kinds of havoc in your pipes. Of course, this isn’t limited to a simple clog; this happens throughout the entire home on many different plumbing problems. If you can’t find the root of the plumbing problem and don’t have time to repair it completely, call in a professional from ® to fix it the right way the first time.

Mismatching Plumbing

Often, someone starts a plumbing project but when they get home, they discover they bought the wrong kind of pipe or the wrong plumbing fixture. Rather than return it and do it the right way, they fit their purchase in anyway. This is not a good idea. Do you know the difference between copper and galvanized steel? PEX and PVC? If you connect the wrong pipe to the wrong fixture, dangerous corrosion can happen very quickly.

Improper Plumbing Installation

When was the last time you started installing a new fixture, only to discover you don’t have the proper plumbing tools? Rather than purchase the right one, you install it the best you can with the tools you have. You think to yourself: what could go wrong? Lets imagine a new toilet being installed, and the bolts are not tightened properly. Or, its not leveled properly to make sure its sitting straight. While it might not happen immediately, eventually you’ll end up with a bathroom full of water.

Not Knowing How it Goes Back Together

We see this one frequently around the holidays. Your guests are due to arrive in a day or two. You’ve been meaning to fix the toilet in the guest room that never works right. You start taking it apart, discovering you have no idea how to put it back together, and every time you flush you have more water outside the bowl than in. What went wrong? Then frustration sets in because you’re on deadline. When faced with a deadline, call in the professionals. It will allow you to put your time in on what’s truly important – your family, friends and festivities – while a trained licensed plumber makes the plumbing in your home as good as new. One thing homeowners should think about before trying to do it by themselves; plumbers do this for a living. They are experts at knowing how to put plumbing fixtures back together. This is what they do every day! It is amazing how people that have never worked on plumbing before think of themselves as experts because they know how to turn a pipe wrench.

Working With the Wrong Plumbing Tools

The average person does not have the needed tools on hand to work on most plumbing projects. Plumbing projects require specific plumbing tools that are designed and manufactured for fixing plumbing problems. Example: if someone is working on a Moen faucet in their kitchen or bathroom, the faucet repair or faucet replacement may require a specific Moen puller to pull out the cartridge. This cartridge may be able to be pulled out with the average set of pliers in a tool box, but with the right Moen plumbing tool the job is made easy. Calling on a plumbing professional from ® will save you time, money, aggravation, and maybe your plumbing because you can rest assured your property is being worked on by professionals with the correct set of plumbing tools.

When you are in need of plumbing repairs, turn to ®.

March 14, 2014 |
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